What does candle mean?

Definitions for candle
ˈkæn dlcan·dle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. candle, taper, wax lightnoun

    stick of wax with a wick in the middle

  2. candle, candela, cd, standard candleverb

    the basic unit of luminous intensity adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites; equal to 1/60 of the luminous intensity per square centimeter of a black body radiating at the temperature of 2,046 degrees Kelvin

  3. candleverb

    examine eggs for freshness by holding them against a light


  1. candlenoun

    A light source consisting of a wick embedded in a solid, flammable substance such as wax, tallow, or paraffin.

  2. candlenoun

    The protruding, removable portion of a filter, particularly a water filter.

  3. candlenoun

    A unit of luminous intensity, now replaced by the SI unit candela.

  4. candlenoun

    a fast growing, light colored, upward-growing shoot on a pine tree in the spring. As growth slows in summer, the shoot darkens and is no longer highlighted to one's view.

  5. candleverb

    To observe the growth of an embryo inside an egg, using a bright light source.

  6. candleverb

    To dry greenware prior to beginning of the firing cycle, setting the kiln at 200° Celsius until all water is removed from the greenware.

  7. candleverb

    To check an item (such as an envelope) by holding it between a light souce and the eye.

  8. Etymology: From candel, from candela, from candeo; see candid.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Candlenoun

    a slender, cylindrical body of tallow, containing a wick composed of loosely twisted linen of cotton threads, and used to furnish light

  2. Candlenoun

    that which gives light; a luminary

  3. Etymology: [OE. candel, candel, AS, candel, fr. L. candela a (white) light made of wax or tallow, fr. candre to be white. See Candid, and cf. Chandler, Cannel, Kindle.]


  1. Candle

    A candle is a solid block of wax with an embedded wick, which is ignited to provide light, and sometimes heat, and historically was used as a method of keeping time. A candle manufacturer is traditionally known as a chandler. Various devices have been invented to hold candles, from simple tabletop candle holders, to elaborate chandeliers. For a candle to burn, a heat source is used to light the candle's wick, which melts and vaporizes a small amount of fuel, the wax. Once vaporized, the fuel combines with oxygen in the atmosphere to form a flame. This flame provides sufficient heat to keep the candle burning via a self-sustaining chain of events: the heat of the flame melts the top of the mass of solid fuel; the liquefied fuel then moves upward through the wick via capillary action; the liquefied fuel finally vaporizes to burn within the candle's flame. As the mass of solid fuel is melted and consumed, the candle grows shorter. Portions of the wick that are not emitting vaporized fuel are consumed in the flame. The incineration of the wick limits the exposed length of the wick, thus maintaining a constant burning temperature and rate of fuel consumption. Some wicks require regular trimming with scissors, usually to about one-quarter inch, to promote slower, steady burning, and also to prevent smoking. In early times, the wick needed to be trimmed quite frequently, and special candle-scissors, referred to as "snuffers" until the 20th century, were produced for this purpose, often combined with an extinguisher. In modern candles, the wick is constructed so that it curves over as it burns, so that the end of the wick gets oxygen and is then consumed by fire—a self-trimming wick.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Candle

    kan′dl, n. wax, tallow, or other like substance surrounding a wick: a light.—ns. Can′dle-berr′y, the wax-myrtle, also its fruit: the fruit of Aleurites triloba, the candle-berry tree; Can′dle-bomb, a small glass bomb filled with water, exploding on being held in a candle-flame; Can′dle-coal (same as Cannel-coal); Can′dle-dip′ping, the method of making candles by dipping instead of moulding; Can′dle-end, the end-piece of a burnt-out candle; Can′dle-fish, the eulachon, a deep-sea fish of the smelt family found along the north-west coast of America, producing eulachon oil: another West American fish, resembling a pollock—the black candle-fish or horse-mackerel; Can′dle-hold′er, one who holds a candle to another while working—hence one who renders another slight assistance, or humours him; Can′dle-light, the light of a candle, illumination by means of candles: the time when candles are lighted; Can′dle-light′er, one whose business is to light the candles: a spill; Can′dle-pow′er, the illuminating power of a standard sperm candle—a unit of luminosity; Can′dlestick, an instrument for holding a candle, originally a stick or piece of wood; Can′dle-wast′er, one who studies late; Can′dle-wood, the wood of various West Indian and Mexican resinous trees.—Burn the candle at both ends, to waste in two directions at once.—Not fit to hold a candle to, not fit even to be some one's inferior, not to be compared with.—Sell by the candle, to offer for sale as long as a small piece of candle burns, the bid made just before it goes out being successful.—The game is not worth the candle, the thing is not worth the labour or expense of it. [A.S. candel—L. candela, from cand-ēre, to glow.]

Editors Contribution

  1. candle

    A type of product created and designed in various colors, materials, shapes, sizes and styles.

    Myself and my fiance love our scented candles, we use them with love.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 10, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'candle' in Nouns Frequency: #2205

Anagrams for candle »

  1. lanced

  2. Declan

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of candle in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of candle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of candle in a Sentence

  1. Marshall McLuhan:

    Persons grouped around a fire or candle for warmth or light are less able to pursue independent thoughts, or even tasks, than people supplied with electric light. In the same way, the social and educational patterns latent in automation are those of self-employment and artistic autonomy.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    For mankind, science is the only real candle in this dark universe; all other candles are fake! Science is our only real hope; all other hopes are fake! Remember this!

  3. William Penn:

    Much reading is an oppression of the mind, and extinguishes the natural candle, which is the reason of so many senseless scholars in the world.

  4. Edith Wharton, Vesalius in Zante:

    There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

  5. Buddha:

    Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

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